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Campaign to recall sheriff to start Monday

Posted at 9:59 AM, Dec 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-10 10:36:14-05

The recall campaign to remove the Jackson County Sheriff is scheduled to start Monday right in front of his office.

We told you last week Sheriff Steve Rand declined to appeal recall language approved by the Board of State Canvassers.

Dean Scuette Sr. says he'll begin collecting petition signatures out in front of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office building starting at 11 a.m. Monday.

He's the father of the sheriff's lieutenant who's suing Sheriff Steve Rand in federal court.

The sheriff was heard making discriminatory comments against women, minorities, and the disabled on audio recordings released as part of that lawsuit.

The sheriff has acknowledged his voice is on those recordings and has apologized for the comments.

Schuette has to collect over 15,000 signatures in a 60 day window that starts Monday.

Those signatures have to be submitted by February 1 in order to force a recall election in 2019.

A primary election would then happen in May to determine Sheriff Rand's Democratic challenger since the sheriff is a Republican.

A recall election would be held in August.

If the signatures are submitted after February 1, the final recall election wouldn't happen until 2020.

The only way Rand can be removed from his seat is by a recall vote or governor's order.

The county asked Governor Rick Snyder to remove Sheriff Rand back in February.

The governor asked the attorney general's office to review the situation shortly after, but nothing has been done.